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Garden ornament

Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre (1713-1789)

Chalk (red) on paper

Height: 36.7 cm; Width: 32.6 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
In this seductive ornamental drawing, the warmth of colour and the soft, plastic texture of the red chalk, have been exploited in broad sweeping strokes across the paper. The artist, a painter, depicts the inert stone of the carved caryatids as if living, female flesh. The natural swinging curves of bodies and tree mirror each other, seemingly working together to prefigure or reclaim the forms of the stone structure from both sides. The design thus explores the transformative power of ornament, at once originating in nature and destroying its forms by its stylizing artifice. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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